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Interview: Julia Cooke
The author and travel journalist shares her story about life in Cuba today
Early 2015's most anticipated books
It’s time to make some New Year’s resolutions, like planning to read loads of excellent literature.
Review: Honeydew by Edith Pearlman
The short-story master will bring out your inner voyeur.
10 chapbooks to read now
And the answer to your question, “What’s a chapbook?”
Best book events in NYC: Critics' picks
The Poetry Brothel
This interactive performance series is a veritable literary cathouse, where male and female “whores” provide private poetry readings behind closed curtains. At the first event of the year, the Madame and her crew celebrate the miracle elixir—verse. Guest and extraordinarily talented poet Rachel Zucker joins, Hot Club of Flatbush provides music, and Foxx Von Tempt and Rosabelle Selavy perform their burlesque act. Come from the poetry, stay for the tarot, magic and absinthe.
Thalia Book Club: Colm Toibin
Celebrated Irish writer Colm Tóibín is a jack-of-all-trades, having produced several novels, collections of short stories, poems, a play, criticism and essays of every stripe. His latest recounts the touching story of the titular Nora Webster, a widow in rural Ireland. Much-lauded Brooklynite Siri Hustvedt (The Blazing World) joins Tóibín in conversation.
Eat, Drink & Be Literary
This series of casual literary evenings features a buffet dinner, including wine and dessert, and a reading from a noteworthy writer, followed by a moderated Q&A about the author's creative process. The 2015 season kicks off with Dinaw Mengestu, journalist, MacArthur "Genius" grant recipient and author of, most recently, All Our Names. Editor Deborah Treisman moderates.
Upcoming NYC book events
National Readathon Day
A collaboration of the National Book Foundation, Goodreads, Mashable and Penguin Random House, this new annual holiday celebrates the joy of reading...
Canvas of Words Poetry Tour
At this debut showcase of the Queens-based art and poetry festival, slam and spoken-word performers like Chilo Cajigas, Roya Marsh and Ngoma Hill share their...
Sunday Night Fiction: Shelly Oria and Lee Matthew Goldberg
For more than 10 years, writer and host Suzanne Dottino has welcomed fiction writers from near and far to her weekly reading series. For a stellar night of...
The Poetry Brothel
This interactive performance series constitutes a literary cathouse, where male and female “whores” provide poetry readings behind closed curtains. VIPs...
New York's best bookstores and readings
Best bookstores in New York City
The independent bookshops on this list represent some of the best places to find
Best specialty bookstores in New York City
For literary fetishists who seek out the latest or just casual readers who are looking for a great play or the new crime novel
Best reading series in New York City
From fiction writers taking risks to sexy poets purring their verses, these are some of the best spots
Best storytelling shows in New York City
If there are indeed eight million stories in the Naked City, these shows represent the best way to eavesdrop on a few.
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The best new fiction in NYC
The city that never sleeps never stops inspiring. And here's proof: 10 original New York stories from some of our favorite local writers.
Interview: Eimear McBride
McBride’s radical debut novel, A Girl Is a Half-Formed Thing, is racking up awards and deserved acclaim.
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You can count on NYC to keep turning up innovative, emerging writers—and they just might live around the corner from you, too.